Lej Sgrischus to Piz Chuern

Distance: 6.4 - 7.6 miles (round trip)

near St Moritz in Eastern Switzerland

Peaks rising above Lake Segl from Piz Chuern

Peaks rising above Lake Segl from Piz Chuern


Skip the crowds on this great hike that travels through Alp Munt, visits lovely Lake Sgrischus and then climbs to a panoramic overlook atop Piz Chuern with views of the Corvatsch massif and the high peaks towering above the Fex, Fedoz and Upper Engadine valleys.
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  • Distance: 6.4 miles (round trip) to Piz Chuern
  • Elevation: 7,589-ft. at Trailhead
    8,806-ft. at Piz Chuern
  • Elevation Gain: 1,460-ft. to Piz Chuern
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • More Hikes in:
    St Moritz / Eastern Switzerland

Why Hike Lej Sgrischus to Piz Chuern

Most people riding the Furtschellas cable car hike the Wasserweg (Water Trail), a loop that passes through rocky meadows and small tarns amid ski pistes and lifts. I instead recommend taking the path less traveled and head to Lej Sgrischus (Lake Sgrischus), a pretty lake nestled beneath Piz Corvatsch’s south ridge. From the lake it is an easy climb to the top to Piz Chuern where terrific, 360-degree views extending to the peaks rising above Lake Sils (Silsersee/Lej da Segl) in the Upper Engadine Valley. To the west/southwest are the summits rimming the Fex and Fedoz valleys while to the east the Piz Corvatsch massif fills the skyline above Lej Sgrischus.

The trail initially travels along the west facing flanks of Piz Corvatsch to Alp Munt, a high pasture set atop a bench overlooking Val Fex. From the Alp a steep trail climbs to the lake accompanied by great views of the surrounding peaks. From there it is an easy ascent to Piz Chuern.

From the overlook atop Piz Chuern either retrace your steps to the Furtschellas cable car or extend the day by descending the steep trail to Val Fex and then walk back to Sils/Segl Maria. Whatever your choice it is a great day out with terrific, nonstop views.

Elevation Profile

Elevation profile for the hike to Lej Sgrischus to Piz Chuern

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Basecamp(s) Information:
St Moritz

Region Information:
Eastern Switzerland

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